Go Off the Grid on Koufonisia

by Eugenia Lazaris

May 26, 2019

Greek Island Road © Brian Cowart | Deamstime.com

Trends / Unique Itineraries & Tours

There are plenty of popular choices if you are planning a trip to the Greek Islands, but, more and more, visitors trend toward those more remote and off the beaten path, like Koufonisia.

Koufonisia gives visitors a rare glimpse into what rural life on a Greek island is all about — when the beaches aren’t packed with the techno-beats of clubs and bars and the picturesque streets aren’t lined with endless kitschy tourist shops.

Located in the Aegean’s Cycladic Island chain, Koufonisia consists of two small islands, Upper and Lower Koufonisi, only one of which is inhabited. While most popular Greek Islands have airports and ferries receiving visitors several times a day during the summer months, Koufonisia has no airport and limited ferry access. Blue Star Ferries sails from Athens to the island twice per week, Wednesdays and Saturdays during the summer months, and the trip takes approximately eight hours.

There is one main road that traverses the island and few cars. Most people travel on foot and it is possible to travel the entirety of the coastline in less than two hours.

The rugged scenery and natural beauty are what draw visitors to this hidden gem. The waters sparkle in beautiful shades of turquoise and the sunsets are a thing of legend.

The island’s few tavernas serve incredible local dishes flavored with local olive oils and fresh herbs like basil and oregano. Beautiful beaches cover most of the coastline and it is the perfect place to unwind and leave your worries behind.

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